Thursday, March 29, 2012

Help me decide, Blogosphere

I just got my 5 free "try-on" pairs of glasses from Warby Parker. ($95 prescription glasses, and for every pair you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need. BAM.) Anyway, I can't decide which I like better.






I'm kinda leaning toward Beckett (that first one). Or maybe Thompson Revolver. Although Preston and Tenley are also fun. Your thoughts? (Ooh ohh! I just remembered I can put a little poll thing up on here! Vote for your favorite on the side bar up there!)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

i thank You God for most this amazing day

1. Enchanted April. What a blessing to be surrounded by friends, doing an incredible show on an incredible set with incredible costumes, etc. It's a beautiful story, and I'm honored to be part of its telling. (Plus, things like this happen backstage, which delight me.) (Also, this picture isn't of the whole cast, but Jacob looks like a cartoon character from the turn of the century, so I posted it.)

2. Sunshine. Did you know it was 68 degrees on Saturday? I tried to do homework on my roof that afternoon, but I spend two hours staring in happiness at the sky instead.

3. Amoxicillin. Just in time for Enchanted April, my yearly sinus infection has made its appearance! But I'm glad I have access to antibiotics.

4. The lads from Liverpool. Jacob and I are experiencing a "Beatles Renaissance" at the moment. Our friend Dave let us borrow a 5-disc anthology documentary thing on them, and we've been watching it in increments each weekend. Jacob is currently smitten with "Your Mother Should Know," and I'm currently in love with the White Album. Also, did you know Ringo Starr is playing a show in Salt Lake in July? On July 11th, to be precise. The day after Jacob and I's 2-year anniversary. I'm thinking it would be a good way to celebrate...

5. The creativity of friends. This is my favorite onesie from my friend Carrie's new business venture, "Little Treetops." It's a response to all the people who say "What a cute baby!" The onesie says "Thank you. I am also smart." I love that. Way to shift the phallogocentric paradigm. Carrie designed all the artwork for the personality onesies, and the stuff she creates is always fantastic. (Case in point: She also created that baby, too.)

6. This fact. A week and a half, people. (Okay, and then like 8 more months while I take a break over the summer and then do student teaching before I actually get my degree. But still. No more undergrad class work. Ever. In a week and a half.) (BTW, that image is a snippet of my graduation announcement, designed by the oh-so-talented Kieffer McBride. He did a FANTASTIC job realizing my vision.)

Friday, March 23, 2012

To Do: Summer 2012

I'm a list-oriented person. A to-do list person. (In case you couldn't tell.) Anyway, with spring in the air, and summer on its way, and with the Semester Of Insanity nearing a close, I've got plans to do all sorts of things that I've been wanting to do and meaning to do and just haven't had time or the cooperation of the weather.

That was one of the longest sentences I've ever blogged.

Anyway, wanna know my plans for the months of April and May?

First, turning our little roof-top porch area into something like this: 

And, inspired by these,

I'm building a small DVD bookshelf out of pallet wood. The 2-foot tall rolling nightstand thing we're currently using ain't cutting it anymore.

Oh, and on May 4th? I'm playing a role in the steampunk operetta Argentine. It was written by a gem of a girl named Trina, whom I already adore, and I'm having a hard time believing that I get this opportunity.

So if you're in Rexburg on May 4th, head over to Sammy's. And if you're not in Rexburg, come to Rexburg.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I fell asleep among the flowers...

Current daydreams:

1. Something happens, and Roger calls Jacob and I up and asks us to come work at the Playmill for the summer. (Not that I want anything to happen to any of the current Playmill players...I just want to join them.)

2. Judy hires me on for 20-30 hours a week in the Theatre Office/script library for the summer, even though I'm not taking any classes.

3. I sing in a rock opera at Sammy's.

4. I have a hammock on the roof outside our apartment bedroom window, where I read novels to my heart's delight.

5. Jacob and I split the cost with some friends to rent a cottage on the Oregon Coast and spend a weekend reading, talking, laughing, eating, and playing on the beach.

6. I get to read whatever I want, with no other homework-esque obligations to get in my way.

7. Someone hands Jacob and I a check for $5,000 and tells us not to worry about finding jobs over the summer, but to just take a break and enjoy ourselves--floating the river, reading, planning a Theatre camp... (is that too much to ask for 2 summers in a row?)

8. My plantar's warts (gross, I know) disappear from the soles of my feet forever, and I can walk without wincing for the first time in nearly a year.

9. I get to play an amazing role in an amazing show with an amazing cast during my last semester of classes at BYU-Idaho. (Hey, what are you doing March 22nd? That's when Enchanted April opens, and I want to see you there.)

10. Winter ends, the days get longer, and we put away the space heaters and keep the windows open all night.

The comforting thing is that at least half of these things can and will come true in the next few months. (Probably not the first two, though. Or the 7th. Fingers crossed for the 8th one.)

Photo via

Monday, March 5, 2012

Checked Out

There is usually a moment, sometime in March or April, when I officially "check out" for the semester. Remember when it happened last year? It didn't in 2010 in quite the same way, because I had mono/tonsilitis/engagement-mania, but it did happen. And it happened in 2009. Etc.

It's always a moment. One specific moment around March that I can actually pinpoint, when I mentally just leave the semester. Today, I was sitting in the Grotto, going over our Directing I test with a few classmates, and I realized that I had just mentally "finished" the semester.

I still work on finishing the semester well. The semester doesn't actually look too different on the outside...I still do homework, attend classes, etc. But my heart is already in a hammock with a novel somewhere.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Update Vomit

1. It's been snowing like crazy. I kept thinking that if we could just make it until March, we'd have it made. Then it would be spring, and winter would have lots its chance and wouldn't have been allowed to come. Then on leap day...the very LAST day of February: white-out blizzard conditions. *Sigh*

2. I love the Oscars. Alexander McQueen can do no wrong...Jessica Chastain's dress is a knock-out. And how's about Midnight in Paris winning best screenplay!? I was thrilled! I also have a huge crush on Emma Stone right now, like most of America, and thoroughly enjoyed her nomination bit. (I can't find it on youtube yet, but when I do, I'll add a link.) And Christopher Plummer was the classiest man in that room that night. His acceptance speech proved him a delight and a gentleman. AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, AS A RESULT OF THE AWARDS, THE ARTIST IS NOW BEING SHOWN IN IDAHO FALLS!!! Can I afford to skip class today...? 

3. This blog might be getting a little quiet for a few weeks. Not that I don't love you all madly. It's just that it's the last few weeks of my last semester of classes, and I'm in a show, and I'm working, and I've got approximately 2 minutes of free time per day. I don't even have time to write THIS entry. So I may pop in occasionally, but if you notice my hiatus, it's because I'm swamped.

3B. And speaking of blogger, a lot of you have notified me that my comments get deleted as SPAM and don't show up on your blogs. And I am not spam. So check your spam folders! Sorry if comments aren't showing up...I AM reading!

4. Have I mentioned that The Artist is showing in Idaho Falls?

image via Pinterest...I'm too lazy to get the details.